Spider Gap, Lyman Lakes & Buck Creek Pass


Backpack - Spider Gap, Lyman Lakes & Buck Creek Pass

Four day loop of the very scenic Spider Gap, Lyman Lakes and Buck Creek Pass with a side trip to Image Lake and Miner's Ridge Lookout.

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  • Strenuous
  • Moderate
  • Mileage: 44.0 mi
  • Elevation Gain: 9,000 ft
  • Pace: 1.5-2


Participants must be experienced  and comfortable in loose and exposed trail on some ridges, stream crossings and 10 mile days. Leader permission is required but do not contact until July 15.  Please let me know you are conditioned and experienced enough for this trip and what other trips you have completed. Gear sharing is strongly encouraged for this trip. 


Day 1: Phelps Creek TH to Lower Lyman Lakes, 10.5 miles 3900 elevation gain

Day 2: Lower Lyman Lakes to Image Lake, 9.5 miles, 2100 gain

Day 3: Image Lake to Flower Dome Trail, 10 miles, 1900 gain

Day 4: Flower Dome Trail to Buck Creek TH, 11 miles, 300


Spider Gap, Lyman Lakes & Buck Creek Pass

Required Equipment

Required Equipment

The Ten Essentials plus overnight gear which may include:

  • Tent with footprint/ground tarp
  • Stove and fuel
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Water filter
  • Bear canister or extra stuff sack and cord designated for hanging food
  • Cooking pot/pan with plate and utensils
  • Toilet paper and shovel or blue bag to deal with waste
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